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Verity and Vince threw a very DIY wedding, enlisting their friends and family to help with flowers, food, decor, and even a DIY dance floor. What I love is that photographer Gina Meola was able to capture the simplicity and beauty of the day–I adore her clean and elegant approach to these photos. Verity and Vince’s wedding is a great reminder that budgets do not always make a wedding beautiful. If you are starting the wedding planning process and feel overwhelmed, don’t forget that a little creativity and elbow grease is always free.

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Vendors: Dress: J.Crew, Caterer: Babbo Italian Eatery, Cake: Rosalind Marquez

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I just realized today that this week is essentially the last week I have to finish up my Christmas shopping (and by finish up, I mean start, and then finish up). It always comes so fast! I’m working on some last minute Etsy finds for you, which I know are still totally doable! Be sure to check in this week for some great weddings and ideas as we near Christmas day!

To kick off our week, here is Vanessa and Adam’s bright and happy wedding with my new favorite feature: love streamers for guests–to be waved in jubilation when you walk back up the aisle as husband and wife! Love it, right? I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but streamers are all the rage. This cutie pie wedding was shot by Floataway Studios. Be sure to check below for additional vendor information.

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Photographer: Floataway Studios, Hair Stylist: Danielle June, Caterer: NYFC, Favors and Gifts: Starlit Nest Gifts, Floral Designer: Be Buds Florist, Reception Venue: The La Venta Inn, Invitation Designer: Shindig, Dress Designer: Priscilla of Boston, DJ: Richard Blade, Heirlooms and extras: Lollipop Workshop, Makeup Artist: Dawn McCoy, Shoes: Enzo Anglioni, Bridesmaid Dresses: My Girl Dress, Photo Booth Equipment: Cheesy Photobooths

A reader recently emailed me with the following query:

“What colors should I use for a summer wedding that takes place in a formal venue? I want fun pops of color, but I also want to stay in keeping with the feel of our location.”

This is a fabulous question, and because many of you don’t have access to your some relative’s expansive estate or an idyllic farm location, formal venues are often times a very common scenario for most brides. You want to get the look of a fun outdoor-ish wedding, while still keeping with the feel of the venue. I think Caroline and Michael’s wedding shot by Sara Gray Photography is a great example of a wedding that is modern and formal, yet fun and seasonal. The color combination here is both romantic and elegant, yet unexpected and exciting! Of course, I’m a sucker for flowers, so please note the fab work by Florama Modern Design of Seattle, Washington.

Check back in later today for a super fun winter DIY!!!

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Happy Monday! Our second vacation wedding today is brought to you by Kerrie of Platinum Weddings. Kerrie always designs the most gorgeous weddings, and this one is no less lovely! My favorite idea from their wedding is the wine bottle guest book, which would be such a fun memento to keep for a future anniversary celebration. And of course, you know how much I love a good tux…especially when it’s paired with the beach.

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Vendors Include:

Wedding Coordinator: Platinum Weddings by Kerrie, Photography: Daisy Varley Photography , Catering and Bar Services: Waters Catering, Floral Design: Passionflower Studios, DJ: Bryan Davidson, Ceremony Musician: Mattson 2, Event Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Linens: Wildflower Linens, Lighting: Lighten Up, Inc., Bakery: Carlsbad French Pastries Café, Make-up: Lindsey Horvath, Hair: Jillian at Detour Salon, Brides Gown: Amy Michelson, Brides Shoes: Kate Spade, Officiant: Tom Brennan (family friend), Ceremony Location: St. Malo Private Beach, Reception Location: St. Malo Tennis Court

We’re sticking to our “Ode to Thanksgiving” theme this week with Desirea and James’ fall wedding shot by photographer Elisabeth Millay. The colors are so rich and bold, and I love the simple use of pumpkins throughout the wedding. I spy a number of DIY projects, no? And those varied bridesmaid dresses? How beautiful does that look? Have I mentioned too often how much I love brides who allow bridesmaids to choose their own dress?

Extra special thanks to Elisabeth for sharing this autumn goodness with us!!

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